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Manager for the Colorado and New Mexico Coalitions to Enhance Working Lands



New Mexico Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (NMCEWL, is a network of groups and individuals whose purpose is to support and enhance ongoing efforts to improve the health and productivity of New Mexico working lands that support agriculture and the environment. 

The purpose of the Colorado Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (COCEWL) is to improve the resilience and productivity of Colorado to create viable agricultural businesses and rural communities, protect open space, and increase the ecosystem service benefits these lands provide to the people of Colorado. 

Both groups are composed of people whose focus is working with agricultural producers and land managers to increase soil health, biodiversity, and hydrologic function wherever possible.

Land stewards are more effective when they work as a team and have strong relationships. Our goals are to acknowledge and support the good work being done on our working lands by landowners and stewards as well as the organizations supporting them, to develop funding opportunities to support them, and to provide professional development and networking opportunities. Through these activities we engage Colorado and New Mexico working lands organizations and agencies to identify the collective problems of land and natural resource managers and work within the coalition to solve them or engage in collaborative activities that address those needs.

Both coalitions are managed under the Education and Outreach Program of the Quivira Coalition. 

The Quivira Coalition ( is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education, innovation, and collaboration. The Quivira Coalition aims to shift current practices of agriculture and land stewardship to those that produce good food, support meaningful livelihoods in rural places, sustain biodiversity, and remedy the impacts of climate change. We do this work through agricultural apprenticeship, land and water restoration, and rancher- and farmer-led knowledge exchange. Knowing that it is critical to the success of our work, Quivira Coalition is committed to diversity and inclusion, and we aspire to build a diverse staff team and community, including groups that are traditionally under-represented among stewardship and agricultural support services.


Who we’re looking for

The CEWL Manager has a passion for championing and supporting the ongoing and diverse efforts of agricultural producers, other land and natural resource managers, organizations, and agencies currently engaged in efforts to improve working lands in Colorado and New Mexico. This full-time position supports the day to day activities of COCEWL and NMCEWL. The CEWL manager is personable, has strong facilitation, organization, and communication skills, and knows how to wrangle a group of overly busy professionals. We are looking for someone who will bring a high degree of professionalism and organization to working with diverse groups of people to grow and support COCEWL and NMCEWL. 

The CEWL manager should have experience and enthusiasm for: timely and clear communications; working in a support role to farmers, ranchers, and natural resource management professionals; navigating the challenges, opportunities, and social dynamics in agricultural and natural resource collaborations; communicating complex land management issues in clear, constructive, and non-polarizing ways; and organizing events and facilitating a community of practice around working lands collaboration. The CEWL manager will be supervised by the Education and Outreach director and will work closely with the rest of the Education and Outreach team to manage these groups and their activities. 


Description of the position

The CEWL Manager will be tasked with the following activities:

  • Support the COCEWL and NMCEWL working groups to host routine in-person and virtual meetings
  • Oversee the COCEWL and NMCEWL listservs and websites
  • In collaboration with the Education and Outreach team, develop a land-based collaboration toolkit geared specifically to the working lands contexts in Colorado New Mexico, and demonstrate its use
  • Coordinate annual summits in Colorado and New Mexico to convene both working groups in a day long event to build relationships and share resources
  • Support the Education and Outreach team in hosting and implementing a fellowship program in New Mexico that will help diverse grassroots leaders build trust and dialogue around key issues in their communities and embark on projects that are tailored to their local needs
  • Coordinate and collaborate on a solutions-based communications strategy to highlight stories of successful collaborations that have enhanced working lands and to promote the availability of the coalition resources
  • Identify and engage additional sources of funding to continue the work of COCEWL and NMCEWL

In addition to these specific activities, the CEWL Manager will help shape and facilitate other CEWL activities to support collaboration among working group participants. Activities will evolve with a commitment identifying ways to more effectively include communities that have been historically and systematically excluded from land stewardship decision-making processes.

The manager and steering committee are tasked with working with coalition members to articulate processes and structures that ensure that COCEWL and NMCEWL are inclusive and serve the needs of working land stewards and stakeholders in Colorado and New Mexico. We believe that the processes COCEWL and NMCEWL use to make decisions should reflect the processes and values we use to guide the coalition’s work. The manager will be responsible for ensuring that these are in alignment.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • COCEWL and NMCEWL Summit and other meeting coordination
    • Scheduling  monthly meetings and annual summits
    • Pre and post communication with hosts and attendees
    • On-site attendance when necessary
    • Facilitate event documentation and evaluation
    • Venue, supply, and food coordination
    • Promotion via online and in COCEWL and NMCEWL networks
    • Handle expenses associated with events according to Quivira Coalition procedures
  • Communications
    • Maintain COCEWL and NMCEWL websites ensuring relevant and current information
    • Write and send regular updates to the listservs on COCEWL and NMCEWL activities
    • Write and post regular social media posts for both groups
    • Collaborative development of educational materials for the NMCEWL and COCEWL toolkits
  • Fellowship support
    • Provide logistical and communication support to fellowship facilitators and participants
  • Fundraising
    • Identify grant opportunities to support growth of COCEWL and NMCEWL
    • Work with Education and Outreach Team to support grant writing
    • Help manage and report on project budgets
  • Program administration
    • Manage technology accounts for both coalitions including the Google Groups (listserv), websites, and social media accounts
    • Ordering supplies and print materials
    • Collaborate with the Operations Team on statements of work, contractual agreements, tax forms and direct deposit for contractors as needed
    • General point of contact for COCEWL and NMCEWL
  • Other duties as assigned 


Required Qualifications

  • Commitment to supporting inclusivity in COCEWL’s and NMCEWL’s activities
  • Patience and a sense of humor
  • Excellent, professional written and verbal English communication skills
  • Superior organizational skills with coordinating a diverse and busy coalition
  • Strong skills related to working with diverse groups of people and cross-cultural communication
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs and work long hours bending and walking outdoors
  • Must be able to travel to remote locations where camping may be required
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate weekend and remote work
  • Valid US Driver’s License 
  • Reliable access to high speed internet


Desired Qualifications

  • Experience community organizing in Colorado and/or New Mexico
  • Experience in organizing a fellowship program or similar community-of-practice activities
  • Experience working in and communicating about agriculture, natural resource management, or both
  • Experience writing grants and engaging in other types of nonprofit fundraising
  • Experience in experiential/participatory education and outreach
  • Experience with MS Office and G Suite
  • Spanish or Native language proficiency


Terms of Employment

  • Quivira Coalition is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization. We embrace and encourage applicants of all ages, colors, disability statuses, ethnicities, family or marital statuses, gender identities or expressions, languages, national origins, physical and mental abilities, political affiliations, races, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, or veteran statuses.
  • Reports to the Education and Outreach Director
  • 40 hours a week
  • Salary range for manager level positions: $44,554-$58,500 depending on experience, paid bi-weekly. Quivira Coalition uses a Wage Scale to determine pay rates and ranges for all positions within the organization.
  • This position is primarily based out of Quivira’s Santa Fe offices, but candidates living anywhere in Northern New Mexico or Southern Colorado will be considered if the candidate is capable of remote work. 
  • No relocation compensation.
  • After 3 months benefits include: health care, dental, vision, simple IRA, paid-time-off, short and long term life insurance and disability policy, continuing education stipend.


Application Instructions

Please apply online at Please include a current resume (no more than two pages) with the application. The application will be in place of a cover letter; no cover letter is needed. Please have available the name, phone number, and email of three professional references. References will be checked as a part of the hiring process. 

Please send questions to the Education Team – with the subject line “CEWL Manager Application.”


Hiring Timeline

Deadline for applications is open until filled with the intention of a start date in August 2022. We will invite applicants to interview soon after their applications are received based on meeting position qualifications. Please do not hesitate to submit your application materials early.